Forest Bathing with New Retreat Series: True Nature. True Self.

One of the newest trends circulating in Madison is the self-care act of forest bathing, a method to help individuals reduce anxiety, promote creativity and connect deeper within themselves naturally. A new retreat concept, True Nature. True Self. Retreats., is making the practice more accessible locally.

Forest therapy, also known as Shinrin-Yoku, is a Japanese practice that allows individuals to slowly immerse themselves into quiet, natural settings. The act is gentle and implements a personal guide to help prompt exploration and aid one’s connection with nature. 

This method of treatment has now been modernized, and the act of forest therapy is now paired with life-coaching sessions and guided meditation thanks to a new retreat concept, True Nature. True Self. Retreats. The new series has made the practice more accessible and aids participants into a framework that allows for self-discovery, goal setting and mindfulness all in one setting.

“When we spend time in nature, we see and find connections — to self, place, community and beyond. When we are guided and coached, we find clarity and conviction,” says Kate Bast and Jen Farley, the entrepreneurs and well-being advocates behind True Nature. True Self. Retreats., in a press release. 

The duo have both found their health and well-being to have improved after participating in forest bathing and would like to relay the transformative experience and journey to help others find their own path. 

So far, there are four retreats scheduled for 2022, including March 6; May 22; Sept. 18; and Oct. 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. 

To learn more about True Nature. True Self. Retreats, visit

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